Friday, 25 July 2014

Battle of the high end lip products


The natural world is kicking things up a notch in terms of the quality and colour selection when it comes to more natural make up but let's be honest finding the right product for you can still lead to costly mistakes if your not careful. I thought I would give you the low down on the high end lip products from natural brands I own and my thoughts on each in case you are wondering where to invest your hard earned cash. 

Ilia: Ilia is perhaps the darling of the green beauty world and their products are spilling out on to the mainstream too which is a sign of their success. Ilia's strength in my opinion lies in both the trend led colour selection and the different selection of formulas, this really distinguishes it from the other brands I am going to talk about, think about mainstream brands and you have a variety of finishes well Ilia fills that gap in the green beauty market. You have four lip products to choose from in their colour range, the lipsticks which are the most pigmented option, you have a good selection of colours both in the regular and limited edition lines, Neon Angel is perhaps one of the most talked about Ilia colours and is a very bright fuchsia. The lipstick crayons again good colours, especially if you are after a pop of something bright for summer like Karma Chameleon although you can also find nudes like Iko Iko, the beauty of these is easy application on the go. The lip conditioners are the sheerest of the formulas although they can be built up, due to the natural oils and waxes these are all very nourishing products. The lip conditioners are very easy to wear, for anyone who is afraid of colour these are a good place to start, my favourite is Arabian nights a deep berry which is very wearable all year round. Finally Ilia also has lip glosses too in a good colour selection. 

The details: Ilia has a high end price but I do think their lip products are a worthy investment, I am not such a big fan of their multi-sticks though personally the formula isn't as nice as RMS but that is just personal preference. The lipsticks and lip conditioners have 4 grams of product whist the lip crayon has 2.2 grams and the lip gloss has 3.2 grams, prices depend on where you buy them but you are looking £20 and up in the UK depending on the product, obviously they are less pricey in the US as they are an American brand. The packaging is recycled aluminium and is portable and travel friendly as well beautiful. 

The ingredient scoop: formulas with up to 85% of organic ingredients, they are carmine free but some do contain a small amount of synthetic dyes to get the on trend colours, personally I like the fact that the brand weighs up the pros and cons when thinking about it's ingredients. Despite being carmine free they do contain beeswax so are not suitable for vegans. Certified cruelty free by the leaping bunny system. 

Kjaer Weis: Is the brainchild of Kirsten Kjaer Weis an international make up artist who created a tightly edited collection of products that tick all the boxes, classic beautifying colours, luxurious packaging and great ingredients. There are seven lip tints to choose from in the range in a variety of colours from deep berries to bright pinks, for me these are my all time favourite high end lip product, they enhance without looking overdone and are so easy to use and wear, if I am not feeling my best I always reach for Kirsten's products. I adore romance which is a vibrant but wearable pink especially for the summer months. This range is the only one in this post which has refillable packaging and there is a variety of benefits to this, it is of course environmentally friendly but also useful for make up artists and creating your own palettes, I keep a lot of my Kjaer Weis products in a Z palette and in works brilliantly for travel. 

The details: The lip tints with the outer packaging come in at a pricey £32 for 2.4 grams but the refills come in at a much more purse friendly £16. I adore the Kjaer Weis packaging it is a thing of beauty and a real statement piece, but I don't particularly find it all that travel friendly and am always wary of scratching it in my bag, consequently personally I just buy the refills now and am building my own Kjaer Weis Z palette, I am happy to have one item with the full packaging as it looks beautiful on the dressing table but don't need any more. These can be applied with fingers or a brush, both work well. 

The ingredient scoop: Made in Italy with 95% certified organic ingredients, some shades contain carmine and some have a small amount of synthetic pigment these are Romance and Sweetness. They are also gluten free and not tested on animals. 

RMS: Rosa Marie Swift is another make up artist who developed this clean line that has developed a massive cult following. Make up artists have an eye for colour and knowing what suits women and this is a big part of the success for RMS, whilst with other lines the colours can leave a lot to be desired with RMS you have a truly pretty selection to choose from. They have two products in the line when it comes to lip products the lip2cheek (6 colours available) and the lip shines (3 shades available), the lip2cheek as the name suggests are designed to be multi-purpose, personally I prefer them for the cheeks although they do work on the lips I find I prefer other formulas as they are on the drier side, I have smile which I love on the cheeks but not on the lips. The lip shines however are a cross between a balm, a gloss and lipstick and they are a great lip product if you are low maintenance and want a wash of colour, the colours range from the very subtle my lips but better bloom to the bright and bold sacred, they are however very wearable and intensely hydrating you don't need any lip balm with these. 

The details: Both of these products come in heavy glass pots which are now the signature of the brand, they are very sturdy but the weight means they are not the best for travelling. The Lip2cheek will set you back £28 for 4.25 grams in the UK and the lip shines are £22 for 5.67 grams. Can be applied with fingers or brush. 

Ingredient scoop: Lot's of lovely organic ingredients including the signature coconut oil, they are carmine free (from what I can tell some of the old packaging had a may contain warning but this has now been removed as the range is carmine free at present) but some shades of both lip2cheek and lip shines could not be created without a small amount of synthetic colour approx. 1-2% these shades are: Smile, beloved, and sublime. RMS do not test products or ingredients on animals. 

Studio 78 Paris: This is the perhaps the least talked about and hyped of all of the options I have but personally I think Studio make the best long lasting lipstick option in the greener make up world and they deserve more coverage than they get. Studio 78 were created by Margaret Halthon who was an assistant manager for Guerlain and who wanted to create a range that combines beauty and health. They have two lip products available a tinted lip balm called We love each other lip balm or the Let's Married liquid lipstick which is for me the star product in the line and the one I will be focusing on. I have the shade Satin Wedding and I really love it, it is quite a unique colour and one I use often, the lasting power sets it apart from all other brands in my opinion these products last all day, yes there is some fading after eating and drinking but there is a stain left behind so you are never left with naked lips. There are 6 shades available they are all highly pigmented but on line swatches are not the best, however with the magic of Google you can see them swatched on the skin. I have my eye on rose wedding as my next addition which is a very pretty pink. 

The details: The liquid lipsticks come in a travel friendly pen format with a doufut applicator, you click the bottom of the pen and the product comes up, be careful not to click too much so none is wasted. The pigmentation and lasting power is impressive although I would like to see a wider colour selection. They cost £19 for 2 mls but you need a small amount for full coverage, they initially look glossy but dry down after a few hours to a more matte look, although they are never drying. 

Ingredients scoop: The ingredients are 100% of natural origin 40% organic, contain no animal ingredients including carmine and no synthetic dyes. The ingredients list is harder to read than the others mentioned, but the less natural sounding ingredients all rate low on EWG, this is a line which does compromise a little with ingredients whilst the origin may be natural some have certainly been more processed than I would usually like but I think the performance of the line means it is a compromise I am happy to make and it does contain some great plant oils like coconut and avocado. No animal testing. 

I hope this is helpful if you looking to buy a high end green lip product for the first time or if you are curious about any of the brands, if you want lip swatches and a lipstick collection post please feel free to request it in the comments. 

Ana x
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  1. Such a great post Ana! I love my RMS lip tint in Sacred and I really love my first ILIA lipstick that I bought at the field trip tour - Funnel of Love! I didn't realise that the refills of the Kjaer Weis were so cheap!! Definitely going to consider buying a full size product now :) xx

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    1. I love the look of Sacred, the KW are great for popping straight in a palette :) Xx

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  2. I wish I'd have paid more attention to the studio 78 stand in being content the other week! I had a little play but it was quite dark back there in the corner!! I liked the feel of their foundation so may have to order a little sample to test more & a liquid lipstick is on my (never ending) list! ;) x

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    1. Samples are always good! :) Xx

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  3. Lovely selection! Of these, I've only tried Ilia. RMS and Kjaer Weis are undeniably gorgeous, but I really prefer lippies in tubes over pots, which is the main reason I've not taken the leap with either of them. I've also been trying to work through some of what I have before buying more lip products, but since many days I just reach for lip balm, it's taking a while!

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    1. I know what you mean about lippies in a tube they are more practical when out and about still love KW though :) Xx

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  4. Well I think it is fair to say that ilia is a fave of mine and I believe shell shock was my very first lipstick purchase when I was switching! I knew I forgot to look at something during the field trip it was studio 78 liquid lipsticks (well I think I can easily survive a year without new makeup purchases, but wanted to see them in person). RMS has 7 lip2cheeks, diabolique seems to be staying ;)

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    1. You are the one to ask about RMS I don't keep up with the limited editions although I love the colours I have :) Xx

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  5. I'd love to try KW products some time, but right now it's just too pricey for my liking. I love Ilia's colors, I want to get more! :)

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    1. Ilia have great choices, I love the KW lip tints highly recommend them :) Xx

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    1. Glad you found it helpful :) Xx

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  7. Love Studio 78 lipsticks (ivory wedding is the only nude I can wear... and rose wedding is my favorite bright, hands down. So glad you covered their line of lipsticks! In my opinion, the best truly natural lipsticks out there! A worthwhile investment.

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    1. Nice to find another fan of the line they are great products! :) Xx

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  8. Thank you so much for this post! I am happy with the new knowledge of the lines and I am a lippie addict so can't wait to try some.

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    1. Would love to hear which ones you go for, nothing makes a person feel better than a good lippie :) Xx

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  9. Ana, you are enabling my lip product addiction! I seriously want to get my hands on the Studio 78 liquid lipstick now :) Excellent post! Would love to see some Studio 78 swatches since you are right, the ones out there are very rare and poor quality.

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    1. Ha ha! I feel the same every time I read your blog! I will pop some swatches up when I have the other colour in my collection probably this week, I find them to be very underrated but they are gorgeous Xx

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  10. Another awesome, in-depth post! xx

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    1. Thank you! Thought it might be useful for some people Xx

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